I used to have an insatiable appetite for good coffee, not so much bad coffee. Thankfully, I’ve had an intervention so I’m not quite the junkie I once was. But this journey has started me to think about some things in new ways. It seems like the human experience suggests that we can never get enough – not enough money, not enough time, not enough recognition, not enough care or attention, not enough . . . .
I think our perspective on the idea of “enough” gets warped because we focus on the provision more than the Provider.
Somehow we’ve swallowed the poison that provision can replace Provider & we chase the illusion of enough.
When I was a coffee junkie, I could never get enough. I believe that the enemy of our soul would endeavor to perpetuate this illusion through the continuous acquisition but never sustaining pursuit of provision rather than Provider.
Indeed, let us seek first the kingdom of God & everything falls into divine order.
When I was little, I was briefly mesmorized by cotton candy. It looked so alluring, fluffy and it seemed to have an ethereal and tasty substance. I remember the first time that I tried it – I was totally disappointed. When the sugar rapidly evaporated as I put it in my mouth, I remember trying to find the substance of that big frothy and fluffy cotton ball only to be disappointed by its disappearance and I thought, “What a rip off!” It left a sweet taste in my mouth but no substance.
Anything we pursue that is not ultimately God will be like my cotton candy experience – tantalizing, alluring, fluffy and seemingly substantial, but ultimately empty, vacuous, disappointing, void and vain. I like what CS Lewis said: Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you will get neither.” Let’s be mindful of our pursuits, watching how we spend our time, energy and money 🙂